Auditory Skills Assessment (ASA)

Auditory Skills Assessment (ASA)
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Screen children as young as 3 years 6 months for early auditory and phonological skills

Age Range

3 years to 6 years 11 months


Paper & Pencil / CD-ROM

5 minutes (ages 3:6 - 4:11)

15 minutes (ages 5:0 - 6:11)

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Auditory Skills Assessment (ASA)

Dr Donna Geffner

The ASA provides you with a tool for early identification of young children who might be at risk for auditory skill deficits and/or early literacy skill difficulties. Developed by Dr Donna Geffner and Dr Ronald Goldman, this screener provides accurate, developmentally based results to help you determine which children may need follow-up, intervention or further evaluation.

Uses and Applications

The ASA is designed for varied uses, including the following:

  • Early identification and intervention

A child identified on the ASA as at risk for auditory skill-related deficits may be a good candidate for an in-depth evaluation and/or possible early intervention.

  • Universal screening

The ASA can be used to screen children ages 3:6–6 :11 as a preliminary assessment of their auditory skills. It is a perfect companion to routine hearing screenings within the given age range.

  • Progress monitoring

Re-administration of the ASA can be used to check a child's progress with auditory skills and to determine if an intervention is working, still required, or if an in-depth assessment of the child's skills is needed.

Features and Benefits

The ASA is designed to be a quick, reliable indicator of a young child’s auditory skills and includes the following features:

  • Unscored practice items provide opportunity to teach the tasks
  • Individual, untimed administration and scoring procedures that are quick, easy and objective
  • No required reading or written responses
  • Large, full-colour illustrations tested to appeal to young children
  • An indicator of performance (high, average, low) by domain to pinpoint further assessment or intervention needs
  • Case studies highlighted in the manual for supported use of the ASA
  • Researched validity and reliability

The ASA offers the following benefits:

  • Assesses auditory skills critical to the development of oral and written language skills
  • Offers the youngest age range in a published auditory skills screening and can provide an early warning indicator
  • Reflects best practices in behaviorally based auditory screening
  • Serves as a low tech, friendly screener for young children, that doesn’t require headphones or an audiometer (a Stimulus CD is used to present stimuli)
  • Helps point you in the right direction by providing an indicator of performance across each domain on the ASA, which may indicate a need for further follow-up evaluation, immediate intervention/instruction in auditory skills, or re-screening

Content & Administration

Speech and Discrimination Domain

Phonological Awareness Domain

Nonspeech Processing Domain


Section 1: Speech Discrimination in Noise 

Discriminate words spoken against the background of conversational noise


Section 3: Blending

Recognise or say a word after hearing its syllables or phonemes spoken in parts


Section 5: Tonal Discrimination

Indicate if two musical tones are from the same instrument

Section 2: Mimicry     

Repeat a spoken nonsense word

Section 4: Rhyming

Indicate if two spoken words rhyme

Section 6: Tonal Patterning

Indicate which of two musical tones was presented last

Psychometric Information

From December 2008 to May 2009, over 600 children were tested at 123 locations throughout the United States to define cut scores that would best discriminate clinical cases from non-clinical cases and to study the final screener’s reliability, validity and clinical utility. ASA research included:

Qualitative reviews and empirical analyses to maximize fairness for individuals from different groups (by sex, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographic region)

A standardisation sample of children ages 3:6–6:11 whose primary language (most frequently spoken language) was English, who had normal vision with or without corrective aids, and were free of upper respiratory problems or ear infections at the time of testing

The requirement that all children in the standardisation and clinical samples could pass a pure tone hearing screening at 20 db HL at 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz in both ears within one week prior to ASA testing, to ensure hearing acuity of the participants

A standardisation sample that accurately reflects the US population according to important demographic variables

Product Items

ASA Complete Kit: Examiner's Manual, 25 Record Forms, Stimulus Book and Stimulus CD-Rom
Item # MPS02=60234
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ASA Manual
Item # MPS02-60357
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ASA Record Forms (Pack of 25)
Item # MPS02-60227
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ASA Stimulus Book
Item # MPS02-60340
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